River splits season-opening twin bill with Baton Rouge

            VIDALIA, La. — Pearl River Community College split with Baton Rouge in a season-opening baseball doubleheader here Saturday with the Wildcats taking a lopsided 8-1 victory in the first game before falling to the Bears 3-0 in 11 innings in the nightcap contest.
            The twin bill highlighted grand opening of the Vidalia Sports Complex.
            Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.
            In the first game, the Wildcats went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first before the Bears tied it up with their only run of the game in the top of the second. Pearl River added three in the bottom of the third, two in the sixth, and solo runs in the seventh and eighth.
            Southern Miss signee Christian Talley (1-0) of Hancock County High started and got the win, while Ryan Deemes out of Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., Bradley Rayborn of Purvis High, and Brandon Fry out of Nease High in Jacksonville, Fla., pitched in relief.
            Starter Stephen Pennick (0-1) got the loss, while Jared Keating, Jacob Lesage, and Cody Boyd saw relief duty on the mound.
            Baton Rouge finished with seven hits, led by Nick Smith who homered and tripled; while Matthew Willis doubled.
            Pearl River scattered 11 hits, led by Krisjon Wilkerson of St. Stanislaus with a home run, Paul Pickerrell out of John Harden High in Elizabethtown, Ky., with a triple; and Ivan Garcia of Katy (Tex.) High with a double.
            PRCC committed three errors in the contest to BRCC’s two.
            In the nightcap game, things were scoreless for 10 innings until the Bears scored three in the top of the 11th and the Wildcats didn’t answer in the bottom of the frame.
            Starter Keating (1-0) got the win, while Mason Liles and Taylor Stagg relieved.
 
            Reliever Rayborn (0-1) got the loss, while Jake Brumfield out of Adams Christian Academy in Natchez started and Anthony Lusco of Bay High, Bubba Stockstill of Pearl River Central, Cameron Reynolds of Gulfport High, Philip Chandler of Stone County High, and Fry saw relief duty.
            BRCC finished with seven hits to PRCC’s four. Top Wildcat hitters were Forrest Dungan of Columbia High and Joe Kirkland of Moss Point High with doubles.
            Baton Rouge played error free, while Pearl River committed four defensive miscues.
            PRCC returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Bishop State (Ala.) in its 2013 home opener in Poplarville (4 p.m. doubleheader) before traveling to Meridian CC in Meridian Sunday, Feb. 17, to play MACJC non-division foes Coahoma at 3 p.m. and host MCC at 6 p.m.

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